FSU Students push for commitment to 100% renewable energy on FSU campus

City of Tallahassee Solar Farm

Melissa Ma, Staff Writer Published 11:53 a.m. ET Mar. 1, 2020

The City of Tallahassee, which operates a solar farm, is aiming for 100 percent renewable energy. (Photo: City of Tallahassee)

Over 3,600 Florida State University students and 100 faculty members signed a petition by Environment Florida urging President John Thrasher to enact clean, renewable energy for all of FSU’s operations by 2050 and to generate all electricity with renewable resources by 2030. Recently, the student body spoke up again when the Student Government Association passed a resolution in January 2020 calling for the university to generate 100% of its power from renewable resources. 

“Students across the country are vocalizing support for transitioning to 100% renewable energy sources,” said Ryann Lynn, Clean Energy Advocate for Environment Florida. “Thirty-six colleges have already committed to that evolution, but FSU could be the first university in Florida.”

Last year, on February 20, 2019, Tallahassee became the seventh city in Florida to pass a resolution to power the city with 100% renewable energy by 2050. The vote by the Tallahassee City Commission was unanimous. City commissioners cited the need to protect clean air, water, and public health as factors in their commitment to steer the city away from greenhouse gas emissions as much as possible. The resolution includes powering the public transport system electrically by 2035.